Michael Lameri graduated from JMC Academy FIlm & TV Production in 2014, and we caught up with him to see what he has been up to and hear his advice to other students...
Tell us about your time since graduating from JMC Academy and owning your own business?
Since graduating in 2014, I’ve been running my own freelance videography business as an Editor/Motion Graphics Animator and Camera Operator for TV commercials, music videos and online content for clients such as Officeworks, Tefal Cookware and the Meat and Livestock Industry’s web series “Dinner Three Ways with Hayden Quinn.'
What has been your favourite project since running your own business?
My favourite project has been working on set for Holden’s “New Love Cruz” online campaign as a Data Wrangler, Edit Assistant and Motion Graphics Animator. Whilst working on this project I was able to make great networking connections with industry professionals, which has lead to ongoing business relationships.
What are some of the highlights since graduating from JMC Academy?
One of my highlights has been working as an Assistant Editor on Channel Nine’s 'Reno Rumble' and 'The Block’, as well as Directing, Shooting and Editing a Television Commercial that aired on Fox Sports during the Sydney FC vs Wanderers Derby match and is now currently showing in local cinemas.
What did you find that you weren’t aware of before working in the film industry?
When I graduated I wasn’t aware of the business management side in relation to pricing my services and marketing myself to build a client base. Over time I was able to learn from other experienced industry professionals that I met on projects what I needed to be aware of and this has now helped me develop a better understanding and allowed me to be cost effective in a very competitive industry.
What advice would you give to current students currently studying FTV and wanting to get opportunities like this?
The best piece of advice I could give is to learn as many skills across the entire film/tv production workflow as possible in order to be an all-rounder. I found that a lot of jobs whether freelance, contract or full-time wanted someone who could shoot and edit as well as use compositing software such as After Effects. Being able to multitask definitely opens the door for more job opportunities.
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